You’ll have the ability to shred as Tony Hawk and pals once more very quickly. Today, Activision introduced a brand new remastered assortment that brings collectively the primary two Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video games in a single trendy bundle, with new options like on-line play and a extra strong course builder. It’ll be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC (by way of the Epic Games Store) on September 4th.
First, right here are the fundamentals. The remastered assortment will characteristic up to date visuals; the entire unique ranges, characters, and tips; further challenges; a extra elaborate create-a-park mode the place you may share customized skate parks on-line; and brand-new on-line multiplayer modes together with native multiplayer. On high of that, the video games will embody “the vast majority” of the enduring THPS soundtracks, although not each music made it as a result of licensing points.
The remaster is being dealt with by Vicarious Visions, which has some historical past each with the skate franchise and remaking video games. Some of the studio’s earlier initiatives had been the surprisingly wonderful moveable variations of THPS, whereas extra not too long ago the developer launched the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, additionally a remaster of PlayStation-era classics. “I consider that makes us the perfect studio to faithfully remaster Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2,” says Vicarious Visions COO Simon Ebejer.
According to Ebejer, engaged on initiatives like Crash taught the studio that remastering a beloved recreation is one thing of a balancing act. “The challenge of a faithful remaster is knowing where to push the boundaries, and what to keep sacred,” he says. “It’s important to capture the original experience.” The purpose, he explains, was to “make it feel like a game meant for 2020.”
With that in thoughts, the brand new THPS retains largely the identical core as the unique, by way of the way it controls and the way it’s structured. What’s new is what Ebejer describes because the meta recreation that connects the 2 titles collectively. From the sound of it, gamers will have the ability to dip in and out of each titles, and in doing so will unlock items for the net park creator mode, which is considerably separate.
“We didn’t need the sport to be ‘Okay, you play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1, and then play THPS2 and begin over from scratch, similar to you’ll have if you happen to purchased the video games again within the day,” Ebejer says. “The meta that sits over top of everything allows players to not feel like they’re losing progress by playing either one of the games.”
THPS is well-known each for its roster of real-world skaters and its unbelievable soundtrack. When it got here to the skaters, your complete solid has returned, and there have been no large points with likenesses, in accordance Ebejer. “They were all super stoked to get on board,” he says. “Those were pivotal moments in all of these skaters’ careers. They were up and coming at the time, and now they’re all truly icons in the sport.” The lineup will embody not solely Hawk, however the likes of Steve Caballero, Geoff Rowley, Bucky Lasek, Elissa Steamer, Kareem Campbell, Andrew Reynolds, Bob Burnquist, and Chad Muska.
Music was a distinct scenario. It’s not clear how lots of the unique songs might be featured within the recreation, nor which artists might be again, however there are at the very least just a few that gained’t make it as a result of licensing points. “The game is 20-plus years old,” Ebejer notes. “We’ve got the vast majority, and I’m really excited about that.”
The Pro Skater sequence stays beloved, however over time Tony Hawk-branded video games have turn into much less thrilling. Whether that’s failed-but-ambitious initiatives just like the peripheral-based Ride or, extra not too long ago, forays into cell gaming, the franchise has misplaced a lot of its luster. Which is a part of what makes this remaster so thrilling: it’s an opportunity to return to the start, when Tony Hawk was at its greatest. “It’s timeless,” Ebejer says of the unique THPS.